Get Ready for The 2024 NYC Poetry Festival, July 13-14 on Governors Island

 

 

 

From our archives, The Poetry Society of New York ~ The Typewriter Project in Tompkins Square Park, 2015

The 13th annual New York City Poetry Festival will take place, rain or shine, on July 13th and July 14th from 11:00am to 6:00pm in Nolan Park, Governors Island. This years headliners will include Kazim Ali, Katie Farris, Safia Elhillo, and Ilya Kaminsky. The Event is Free, or visitors to the Festival can opt for a VIP ticket option.

The Festival draws over 15,000 attendees each year, and is designed for audiences of all ages.

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NYC Landmarks Preservation to Consider a Landmark Designation for the Historic 50 West 13th Street in Greenwich Village

 

 

 

13th Street Repretory Company

The New York City Landmarks Preservation Commission today took the first official step toward landmark designation of 50 West 13th Street, an endangered 1846 Greenwich Village house that Village Preservation has been fighting to save through landmark designation since 2020. The building has been scheduled for a “calendaring” vote on June 18, which if approved would mean a public hearing and vote on landmark designation must take place within a year. Nearly all such scheduled calendaring votes are approved, and nearly all calendared properties are approved for landmarking, thus meaning this announcement will almost certainly lead to landmark designation The calendaring would put in place some initial safeguards to protect the building, while landmark designation would protect it in perpetuity.

Village Preservation Executive Director Andrew Berman said, “It’s wonderful to know that this fragile, neglected building with such a proud and rich history may finally be protected and preserved. After a nearly four-year effort, the city has at last taken the first initial steps toward protecting this historic site, so strongly connected to our city’s and country’s often-forgotten Black history, civil rights history, the women’s suffrage movement, and of course our theater and cultural history. At 180 years old, No. 50 West 13th Street is the very definition of a landmark, and we’re heartened that it’s now being recognized and may well receive the permanent protections it needs and deserves.”

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‘Printer Savant: Lumiere Press and the Art of the Photo Book’ at Howard Greenberg Gallery

 

 

 

Image courtesy Howard Greenberg Gallery

An exhibition exploring the relationship between master book maker, Michael Torosian of Lumiere Press and gallerist Howard Greenberg will be on view at Howard Greenberg Gallery from June 20 through August 16, 2024. Printer Savant: Lumiere Press and the Art of the Photo Book celebrates the decades long collaboration of Howard Greenberg Gallery and Lumiere Press. The exhibition will present a selection of fine art books by the Press alongside works by Bruce Davidson, Dave Heath, Consuelo Kanaga, William Klein, Dorothea Lange, Saul Leiter, Leon Levinstein, Ruth Orkin, Gordon Parks, Flip Schulke, W. Eugene Smith, and Edward Steichen, who were featured in books by Lumiere Press. An opening reception will be held on Thursday, June 20 from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. The exhibition will be on view from June 20 ~ August 16, 2024. Howard Greenberg Gallery is located at 41 East 57th Street, 8th Floor, NYC.

The Metropolitan Museum of Art to Host “P.S. Art” Exhibition, Recognizing the Arts & Creativity of NYC Public School Students

 

 

 

Image: Kai Barrett (Grade 11), A Hobby for What (detail), 2024. Acrylic on canvas. Medgar Evers College Preparatory School, Brooklyn. Art teacher: Diane Aytche

The Metropolitan Museum of Art will host its annual exhibition of P.S. Art 2024: Celebrating the Creative Spirit of NYC Kids, a juried exhibition of artwork by prekindergarten through grade 12 students from New York City public schools across all five boroughs. This year marks the 22nd anniversary of the exhibition and the 17th P.S Art exhibition hosted by the Museum. The exhibition will be on view from June 18 through October 20, 2024, at The Met Fifth Avenue in the Ruth and Harold D. Uris Center for Education. There will be an opening ceremony for students, parents, and teachers at 5 pm, with remarks at 5:30 pm, on Tuesday, June 18, during the city’s Museum Mile Festival.

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Whitney Museum Presents Groundbreaking Eco Art Project with a Live Citrus Grove ~ The Harrisons, Survival Piece #5: Portable Orchard

 

 

 

The Harrisons, Survival Piece #5: Portable Orchard, 1972–73 (installation view, Art Gallery at California State University, Fullerton). Citrus trees, soil, wood, and lights, dimensions variable. Courtesy California State University Fullerton Archives & Special Collections

Survival Piece #5: Portable Orchard, opening at the Whitney Museum of American Art on June 29, 2024, explores alternative, sustainable food systems in an imagined future where natural farming practices are obsolete. Artists Helen Mayer Harrison and Newton Harrison, often referred to as “the Harrisons,” conceived and designed the project in 1972, a period when environmentalist movements in the United States were taking shape. Inspired by the growing social awareness of vulnerable ecosystems, the Harrisons developed “Survival Pieces,” proposals for installation projects that served as works of art and calls to action. The instruction drawing for Portable Orchard, which is in the Whitney’s permanent collection, details the build plans for the self-sustaining indoor garden and offers tips on tree care as well as creative recipes for celebrating the grove’s yield. This installation marks the first standalone museum presentation of the fully realized grove of eighteen citrus trees in over fifty years.

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Madison Square Park Conservancy Celebrates 20th Anniversary

 

 

 

Teresita Fernández’: Fata Morgana, 2015/2016 in Madison Square Park

Throughout 2024, Madison Square Park Conservancy celebrates the twentieth anniversary of its distinguished public art program with a singular slate of commissions and initiatives that reflect on the program’s history and impact while ushering in the next generation of artists to create transformative work for the park. To commemorate the occasion, the Conservancy has commissioned new works by four visionary artists representing a spectrum of creative practices, including major sculptural projects by Nicole Eisenman and Rose B. Simpson, a vibrant tulle-based installation by Ana María Hernando, and a dynamic processional performance by María Magdalena Campos-Pons. Simpson’s and Campos-Pons’ projects will extend beyond Madison Square Park into Inwood Hill Park and Harlem Art Park, respectively, marking the Conservancy’s first collaboration with other public parks throughout the city and expanding the program’s reach into new spaces and communities.

In conjunction with the program’s anniversary year, the Conservancy is also producing its first retrospective publication, documenting two decades of public art in the park; releasing a short documentary chronicling the history of the program; and showcasing alumni artists through audio interviews and a public art symposium.

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Pacita Abad: Underwater Wilderness to Open at Tina Kim Gallery

 

 

 

The Far Side of Apo Island, 1989. Oil, acrylic, gold thread, plastic buttons, lace, sequins on stitched and padded canvas.
Image courtesy of Pacita Abad Art Estate. Photo: Hyunjung Rhee.

Tina Kim Gallery is pleased to present “Underwater Wilderness,” the gallery’s second solo show dedicated to the late Filipina-American artist Pacita Abad. Featuring eight monumental trapuntos, a form of textile-painting that Pacita pioneered, this exhibition offers a focused selection of significant work created between 1985 and 1989 from a small series inspired by the artist’s fantastical experiences scuba diving in the Philippines. The whimsical paintings originally debuted as an immersive installation in 1986 at the Ayala Museum in Manila, and will be reunited in New York for the first time since their 1987 display at the Philippine Center. On view at the gallery from June 27th to August 16th, this stirring presentation runs concurrently with Pacita’s major retrospective at MoMA PS1, which closes on September 2nd before traveling to the Art Gallery of Ontario, Toronto.

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‘Loft Law: Photographs by Joshua Charow’ Highlights the Fabulous NYC Artist Lofts Still in Use at Westwood Gallery NYC

 

 

 

Loft Law at Westwood Gallery

Just the other day, we were thinking back and wondering how many of the artist live/work lofts from the 1960s and 1970s were still in existence. And then Joshua Charow’s new exhibition at Westwood Gallery fell right into our laps. I think I’ll get the book.

WESTWOOD GALLERY NYC presents Loft Law: Photographs by Joshua Charow, the first solo exhibition for New York-based documentary photographer and filmmaker Joshua Charow (b. 1998), curated by James Cavello. This is Charow’s premiere exhibition of his photographs and short documentary films on New York artists. The exhibition includes forty photographs by Charow and eighteen works of art by eleven of the artists featured in the photographs: Carmen Cicero, Loretta Dunkelman, Betsy Kaufman, Kimiko Fujimura, Joseph Marioni, Carolyn Oberst, Marsha Pels, Gilda Pervin, Steve Silver, Mike Sullivan, and Jeff Way. The exhibition will be on view May 16 through July 13, 2024.

Stay tuned for information regarding an artist talk on July 10th.

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‘Della Wells: Mambo Land’ on View at Andrew Edlin Gallery

 

 

 

Della Wells: Mambo Land on view at Andrew Edlin Gallery

It was in 2019 at the Outsider Art Fair,  that we were introduced to the work of Della Wells, and her equally talented friend, Rosemary Ollison.  Since that time, we have followed both artists on social media, hoping one or both would return to New York. Today we were fortunate enough to catch Della Wells: Mambo Land. This is the second solo exhibition for Della Wells (b. 1951) at Andrew Edlin Gallery in the Bowery.

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The 2024 East Harlem Open Studios set for June 22-23

 

 

 

Courtesy East Harlem Open Studios

The second annual East Harlem Open Studios will be held on Saturday, June 22nd and Sunday, June 23rd, 2024 from 1:00 ~ 6:00pm. This self-guided tour will take you from the artist live/work space, El Barrio’s Artspace on East 99th Street to the studio of artist Airco Caravan on 119th Street. This is an chance to meet the artists, see their studios, and explore East Harlem.

It is also the last weekend for the popular La Marqueta eatery, Amuse Busch Bistro, which will be open on Saturday, June 22nd, closing at days end on Sunday, June 23rd.

The extraordinary bakery, Pabade, will also be open during East Harlem Open Studios ~ a work of art in their own right, Pabade is a sponsor of this event, located at 135 East 110th Street, just West of Lexington Avenue.

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Colorful & Whimsical Exhibition ‘Eleen Lin: Shining Seas’ at C24 Gallery in Chelsea

 

 

 

Eleen Lin, Rock and roll, 2001, Oil and Acrylic on canvas. 28″ x 36″. Image courtesy of the artist and C24 Gallery

C24 Gallery opened its doors to ‘Shining Seas‘, the first solo exhibition by New York City-based artist, Eleen Lin. This collection of oil paintings, watercolors and drawings are all part of Lin’s continuing series, Mythopoeia, inspired by the classic novel by Herman Melville, Moby Dick, selections from which were featured in her 2022 show with Tammie Rubin, Mythodical.

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Gillie & Marc Invite You to Take a Seat at ‘The Wild Couch Party’ on Fosun Plaza in NYC!

 

 

 

Gillie and Marc ‘The Wild Couch Party at Fosun Plaza,, NYC. Image courtesy Gillie and Marc.

One of the most intimate experiences we share as humans is also the simplest, sitting down on the couch together and sharing time over coffee and cake. It’s a time where we can nourish, support, and enjoy time with each other, a time that is cherished by many families all around the world.

But not everyone gets to share this same level of love and support. The world is currently experiencing the 6th mass extinction. More and more beautiful creatures are being pushed towards the threat of extinction and the reasons can always be linked back to us, humans. We have moulded the earth to suit our needs, indifferent to the effects on the other living creatures who share our planet.

This public sculpture experience is an invitation to join the best party in the world. Expertly crafted in bronze, the couch is ready and the animals are already partying, all that is left is for the public to take their seats.

Take a seat at ‘The Wild Couch Party’ unveiled by Gillie and Marc on Fosun Plaza on June 9th!

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Public Art Fund Debuts ‘Cannupa Hanska Luger: Attrition’ in City Hall Park

 

 

 

Installation View, Cannupa Hanska Luger, Attrition at City Hall Park. Image courtesy of the artist and Public Art Fund

On June 5, World Environment Day, Public Art Fund will debut Attrition, a site-specific sculptural installation by interdisciplinary artist Cannupa Hanska Luger. Situated in City Hall Park in Lower Manhattan, Luger’s 10-foot-long steel bison skeleton will lie within a bed of grasses native to this region, highlighting the profound interdependence between animals, humans, and the land. Placed on the pathway to City Hall, Attrition symbolically engages with New York City’s heart of policy-making, bringing to light the history of the bison’s survival. Unveiling celebration on June 4th at 6-8pm.

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‘Collecting Inspiration: Edward C. Moore at Tiffany & Company’ at The Met

 

 

 

Installation view, Collecting Inspiration: Edward C. Moore at Tiffany & Co. Photos by Eileen Travel, Courtesy of The Met

Edward C. Moore (1827–1891)—the creative force who led Tiffany & Co. to unparalleled originality and success during the second half of the 19th century—amassed a vast collection of decorative arts of exceptional quality and in various media, from Greek and Roman glass and Japanese baskets to metalwork from the Islamic world. The objects were a source of inspiration for Moore, a noted silversmith in his own right, as well as the designers he supervised. The exhibition Collecting Inspiration: Edward C. Moore at Tiffany & Co. (opening June 9, 2024) will feature more than 180 extraordinary examples from Moore’s personal collection, which he bequeathed to The Met, alongside 70 magnificent silver objects designed at Tiffany & Co. under his direction. Drawn primarily from the Museum’s holdings, the display will also include seldom-seen examples from a dozen private and public lenders. A defining figure in the history of American silver, Moore played a pivotal role in shaping the legendary Tiffany design aesthetic and the evolution of The Met’s collection.

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Art Lives Here, Inc. Presents ‘Layers of Identity’ at El Barrio Artspace

 

 

 

Installation viewfor the exhibition ‘Layers of Identity, artist Hollie Heller,’ at El Barrio Artspace presented by Art Lives Here, Inc.

Layers of Identity celebrates the idea that human beings are layered, the complexity of our personalities, and individual histories is what makes us interesting. The exhibition explores the layers of societal structures and personal experiences that form how we see ourselves. Where we are from and where we have been often influences how we express ideas, as it does with all three well-travelled artists. Pauline Galiana, Hollie Heller and Joanne Steinhardt create in layers of materials, although informed by traditional techniques the contemporary aesthetic is unexpected. The viewer is likely to be unsure of what they are looking at. Is it a tapestry or is it a collage? Is it a woven textile or a paper assemblage? Is it fashion or adaptive reuse?

Installation view for Layers of Identity at El Barrio Artspace, artist Hollie Heller, presented by Art Lives Here, Inc. ~ Notice Connie Lee in shadow behind the installation.

El Barrio’s Artspace PS 109 is an example of how old buildings can be restored and adaptively reused in New York City. The lower-level gallery incorporates original details, skylights, brick, and stone into a contemporary exhibition space alongside a theater, and rehearsal space. Art Lives Here is thrilled to be taking up temporary residence here.  

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Art Installations, Events & Exhibits in NYC ~ it’s the June 2024 GothamToGo Roundup

 

 

 

Max Cartagena, Blue Bikes, 2021; Digital photography manipulation 11.5 x 15.75 inches. Image courtesy of the artist ~ At Salmagundi Club, June 2-8.

Pride Month kicks-off a sizzling summer of fun, from an art & craft market at Westbeth, and music festival in Washington Square Park, to the Tribeca Festival and River to River Festival. Public Art Fund will unveil Cannula Hanska Luger: Attrition in City Hall Park, and Fotografiska New York will open its doors to ‘Vivian Maier’ as its final exhibition in that historic location. New Yorkers will hit the streets for annual favorites like the Egg Rolls, Egg Creams, and Empanadas Street Festival ~ the Museum Mile Festival ~ and Juneteenth! Here are a few suggestions for the month of June.

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‘Tender Comes After Swimming’ to be Inaugural Exhibition at Little Lightning Gallery in Williamsburg

 

 

 

 

Shinsuke Aso, ‘Result of Fully Enjoying Make Something’ 2023/Collage, acrylic on paper/11 x 14 ” Orientations variable. Image courtesy of the artist and little lightning gallery.

Little lightning gallery is pleased to present its inaugural exhibition “Tender comes after swimming,” a group show of four artists based in New York, curated by Hiroshi Shafer. Opening June 14th.

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Two Spirit: Authentic Selves/Authentic Souls, a Photography Show on View at La Sala de Pepe y Foto Espacio

 

 

 

Chunta getting ready for festival parade, Chiapas de Corzo, Mexico. Photo by Luis Aguilar

In celebration of Pride Month, La Sala de Pepe y Foto Espacio will open its doors to the exhibition ‘Two Spirit: Authentic Selves/Authentic Souls’. The exhibition will be on view from June 1 to July 15, 2024.

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Governor Hochul Announced 19 Transformational Project for East Harlem, Garment District & Far Rockaway

 

 

 

Transform East 116th Street and 125th Street into Green Corridors

Governor Kathy Hochul today announced a total of 19 transformational projects in New York City as part of two economic development programs: the Downtown Revitalization Initiative and NY Forward. Ten projects were announced for East Harlem, the Round 6 winner of a $10 million DRI award; four projects were announced for the Garment District, a Round 1 winner of a $4.5 million NY Forward award; and five projects were announced for Far Rockaway, also a Round 1 winner of a $4.5 million NY Forward award.

“New York City is the greatest city in the world and these funds will help to create more livable and vibrant communities,” Governor Hochul said. “Restoring and preserving history is a key part of maintaining what makes New York special, and we are providing the resources to ensure New Yorkers can enjoy these spaces for decades to come.”

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‘Craft Front and Center: Conversation Pieces’ at The Museum of Arts and Design

 

 

 

Craft Front & Center, Installation view of Craft Front & Center at the Museum of Arts and Design, New York (February 4, 2023 to January 14, 2024). Photo by Jenna Bascom; courtesy the Museum of Arts and Design.

Opening June 1, Craft Front & Center: Conversation Pieces explores craft’s collaborative approach to learning and working by placing pioneering twentieth-century craft artists into dialogue with twenty-first century artists who are rethinking craft techniques and materials. Showcasing MAD’s permanent collection, the exhibition brings together more than sixty historic, recently acquired, and commissioned works in a range of artistic media; most prominently, the central craft materials of ceramic, glass, and fiber.

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CCCADI Presents ‘CROSSROADS’ during Caribbean Heritage Month in June

 

 

 

Yelimara concepcion, Program Associate for CROSSROADS, speaking on a panel in Puerto Rico at the Grantmakers for the Arts Conference. Image courtesy CCCADI

The Caribbean Cultural Center African Diaspora Institute announces the public phase of its area of work dedicated to artists and cultural workers in the Caribbean, CROSSROADS.

On June 1, 2024, in alignment with Caribbean Heritage Month, CCCADI will announce the public phase of its program, CROSSROADS, which is based out of Puerto Rico and dedicated to supporting and empowering artists and cultural workers in the Caribbean.

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NYC Celebrates Juneteenth 2024

 

 

 

From our archives, Africa Day Parade, Harlem

Juneteenth, now a Federal Holiday, is celebrated annually on June 19th ~ with a plethora of events and activities leading up to the Holiday. It is a day to reflect on the ending of slavery, when on June 19th, 1865, Major General Gordon Granger ordered the final enforcement of the Emancipation Proclamation in Texas at the end of the American Civil War.

It should also be mentioned that it was President Joe Biden who signed the Juneteenth National Independence Day Act into law in 2021, thus making Juneteenth a Federal Holiday. With too many events and activities to mention, here are just a few ways to celebrate the day.

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NYC Celebrates Pride Month 2024

 

 

 

From our archives, Harlem Pride at Casa Frela Gallery, 2010

NYC Pride will mark the 40th anniversary of Heritage of Pride, and the 55th anniversary of The Stonewall Uprising this year. With the theme, ‘Reflect. Empower. Unite’, the month of June is filled with events and activities from museums, galleries, and parks to the end of the month and the much anticipated opening of the LGBTQ+ Visitor Center and the historic Pride Parade.

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The 2024 Museum Mile Festival ~ June 18th

 

 

 

From our archives, Museum Mile Festival in front of the Jewish Museum

The 2024 Museum Mile Festival will take place on Tuesday, June 18th (Rain or Shine) from 6:00 to 9:00pm. It’s one of NYC’s best block parties, with Fifth Avenue closed to traffic between 82nd Street and 110th Street. This is a Free Event, with a lot to see and do all along the way, from street musicians, and food vendors, to dancing, body painting AND the opening of the exhibition P.S. Art 2024 at The Met.

Take a look at the participating Museums and what is currently on view.

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Niki de Saint Phalle. Tableaux Éclatés on View at Salon 94

 

 

 

Niki de Saint Phalle, Ganesh II, 1992, Paint, synthetic resin, wood, metal, plastic, electric motors and electronic components on wood. 51 1/5 x 35 2/5 inches (130 x 89.9 cm) (NdSP 230). Image courtesy of the artist and Salon 94, New York. © Niki de Saint Phalle. Photo: Matthew Praley.

Salon 94 opened its doors to the second solo exhibition of French-American artist Niki de Saint Phalle, featuring five works of her late-career Tableaux Éclatés, the series first exhibited in her retrospective at the Musée d’Art Moderne de Paris in 1993. The dynamic Tableaux Éclatés (“Burst Paintings”) are vibrant, mechanized pictures depicting landscapes upon which animals and still lifes, as well as her trademark Nanas, dance across beaches, deserts, and seas. Each painting’s composition is animated through an intricate motorized armature activated through a photo sensor: when the artwork recognizes a viewer, internal motors trigger motion of the work’s disparate elements or illuminate the scene with brilliant electric bulbs.

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Yoko Matsumoto: Darkness Against Nature to Open at White Cube New York in June

 

 

 

Yoko Matsumoto, Rock Flower, 1993,, Acrylic on canvas. 194 x 260 cm/76 3/8 x 102 3/8 in. © the artist. Photo © White Cube (Theo Christens)

White Cube is pleased to present Darkness Against Nature, a solo exhibition by Japanese artist Yoko Matsumoto. Featuring paintings and works on paper created from the 1980s to the present day, the exhibition marks the artist’s return to New York after almost three decades.

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The 23rd Annual River to River Festival, June 7 ~ 23

 

 

 

Party as Participation hosted by Elisabeth Smolarz. Credit: Ice Cream Window at Karlssonwilker’s studio, photo via karlssonwilker.com. Image Description: Two pictures are in this image. The image on the left shows a crowd of people outside a drive-through window – a person is inside the window taking orders. The image on the right shows 5 people waiting outside a store.

Lower Manhattan Cultural Council (LMCC) is pleased to announce the 23rd annual River To River Festival, taking place June 7 – 23, 2024. Celebrating local artists and honoring creative diversity across disciplines, The River To River Festival is Downtown New York City’s leading free summer arts festival. This year’s River To River Festival aligns with LMCC’s 50th-anniversary celebrations. In honor of this milestone, the 2024 festival features LMCC residency and grants alumni from the Extended Life program working across disciplines, with a captivating array of dance, music, video, installation, and exhibitions that reflects the interdisciplinary, diverse ethos of LMCC. Featuring 13 projects of live art, performances and participatory events (including seven premieres) in public spaces throughout Downtown New York, the 2024 River To River Festival explores themes of resonance, reconsideration and resistance.

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‘Frank Walter: To Capture a Soul’ at The Drawing Center + ‘Josh Smith: Life Drawing’, a Homage to Frank Walter ~ on View in June

 

 

 

Frank Walter, Egg, n.d. Photocopy, 4.8 x 4 inches (12.2 x 10.2 cm)

The Drawing Center is pleased to present Frank Walter: To Capture a Soul, the first solo museum exhibition in the United States to focus on the work of Antiguan artist Frank Walter (1926–2009). A polymath with a keen intellect and thirst for knowledge, Walter created a body of work that encompasses a variety of mediums, subject matter, and styles. During his lifetime Walter produced over 5,000 paintings, 1,000 drawings, 600 sculptures, 2,000 photographs, 468 hours of recordings, and a 50,000-page archive. Organized by The Drawing Center’s Chief Curator Claire Gilman, To Capture a Soul provides insight into not only Walter’s artistic practice but also his relationship to issues of race and identity, the legacy of slavery, the colonial and postcolonial experience, and the history and politics of Antigua, Barbuda, and beyond. On view June 21st.

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Growing Sideways: Performing Childhood at Wallach Art Gallery in June

 

 

 

Tala Madani, Situation Room, 2020, Oil on Linen. 16 x 23 inches. Courtesy Pilar Corrias Gallery

Wallach Art Gallery will open its doors to the group exhibition ‘Growing Sideways: Performing Childhood’, with a Preview on Thursday, June 20th from 6-8pm.

Through a diverse range of works drawn from the United States, Europe, and Latin America, this group exhibition explores the profoundly emotional and transformative ways that artists present the minor–its youthful energy–as a catalyst for social change.

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Then and Now: The Whitney Museum Compares NYC Artworks from its First Biennial to Today

 

 

 

Image credit: Left: George C. Ault, Hudson Street, 1932. Oil on linen, 24 3/16 × 20in. (61.4 × 50.8 cm). Whitney Museum of American Art, New York; purchase 33.40. © Estate of George C. Ault. Right: Photo by Max Touhey Photography

Much has changed in New York City in the nearly 100 years since the Whitney Museum of American Art launched its landmark exhibition, while some things have remained the same.

The inaugural Whitney Biennial—a survey of contemporary American art—opened on November 22, 1932, and featured several works that highlighted life in New York City, including Edward Hopper’s now iconic painting Room in New York and works by artists Joseph Stella, Florine Stettheimer, and George C. Ault, among others.

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‘Laura Lewinsky: For, and because of’ on View at Yancey Richardson

 

 

 

Laura Lewinsky, weather report, 2022; From the series ‘Who Loves the Sun’ Archival pigment print, 30 x 40 inches, Edition of 7. Image courtesy of the Artist and Yancey Richardson

An exhibition of new photographs by Laura Letinsky will be on view at Yancey Richardson from May 23 through July 6, 2024. Letinsky is known for deconstructing the traditional still life to exalt the tattered remnants of domestic life. An opening reception with the artist will be held on Wednesday, May 22, from 6-8 p.m.

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A Brief History of the Future, Group Exhibition at Claire Oliver Gallery

 

 

 

BK Adams, the Thinker, acrylic paint and mixed media on canvas, 2024, 60 x 86 x 3 inches/152 x 218 x 8 cm. Image courtesy of the artist and Claire Oliver Gallery.

Claire Oliver Gallery is pleased to present A Brief History of the Future, a special group exhibition of works by gallery artists BK Adams, Barbara Earl Thomas, Stan Squirewell, and Carolyn Mazloomi—who the gallery recently started representing. Expressing themselves through painting, paper cuts, glasswork, found photography, and quilting, the artists in this presentation are time benders—wielding their practices in order to explore the interdependent and evolving dimensions of past, present, and future. With their own unique variations on the choreography of reflection and anticipation, these artists prove that chronological systems of time are insufficient to address the compounding complexities of and ever-shifting revelations about identity, race, gender, family, nature, culture, and politics. Calling on ancestral, generational, and societal wisdom, this show gives equal importance to those histories we bring into focus and those futures we attempt to influence. As Octavia Butler expressed in her 1993 novel Parable of the Sower, “All that you touch / You Change / All that you change / Changes You / The only lasting truth / Is Change…” A Brief History of the Future will be on view at Claire Oliver Gallery, May 31 – August, 2024.

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The 2024 Madison Avenue Spring Gallery Walk ~ May 18th

 

 

 

Image courtesy Madison Avenue BID

 A prestigious roster of 64 internationally acclaimed galleries will open their doors for tours and discussions of their current exhibitions during the Madison Avenue Spring Gallery Walk 2024 on Saturday, May 18 from 11am-6pm. The annual event encompasses many of the foremost galleries located on Madison Avenue between East 57th and East 86th streets and the adjoining side streets. 

Wayne Thiebaud, Single and Doubledecker, 1998, Oil on canvas board; 11 x 14 inches. © Wayne Thiebaud Foundation/ Licensed by VAGA at Artists Rights Society (ARS), NY at Acquavella Galleries

Free and open to the public, visits to the roster of 64 participating Madison Avenue galleries offer the opportunity to discover, learn and have access to view current collections, meet the artists, and attend a wide range of talks and tours conducted by gallery curators. 

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Update on ‘Victory’ Beyond Sims by Vinnie Bagwell on Museum Mile in East Harlem

 

 

 

Victory Beyond Sims by Vinnie Bagwell. Image via CB11, May 15, 2024

Those who have been watching the empty pedestal on Fifth Avenue at 103rd Street, formerly holding the statue of J. Marion Sims, will be pleased to hear that there was an update at a recent CB11 meeting, with artist Vinnie Bagwell and Department of Cultural Affairs, David Mandel, presenting illustrations and answering questions.

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The Annual Harlem Wellness Festival to Take Place on May 18th in Marcus Garvey Park

 

 

 

Harlem Wellness Festival. All images courtesy Uptown Grand Central

 Harlem Wellness Festival is a celebration of the strong network of minority-and women-owned gyms, studios and spas that Harlem has built over the past decade. This year, the festival is back, with more locally-owned fitness and wellness businesses than ever before.

The stretch-and-move party will take place this Saturday, May 18, from 11 a.m.-3 p.m. in Marcus Garvey Park. There will be two Fitness Zones with a lineup of free classes ranging from dance to yoga, kettlebells to strength training, and gyrokinesis to tai chi. Plus a Wellness Row, where you’ll get to know each small business and sample offerings including massage, acupuncture and plant-based nutrition – then map out your wellness routine for summer and spring!

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‘Harvey Dinnerstein: Reflections on Life and Work’ to Open at Art Students League in June

 

 

 

Harvey Dinnerstein, Past and Present, 1994, oil on canvas, 96 x 172 in. Photo by Ed Watkins.

The Art Students League of New York presents Harvey Dinnerstein: Reflections on Life and Work, an exhibition celebrating League artist and instructor Harvey Dinnerstein (1928–2022). Honoring the artist’s storied career and impact on generations of League artists, the show surveys Dinnerstein’s practice in the figurative tradition from his early years as a League student in the 1940s through his final years painting and teaching into the 2020s. The exhibition features dozens of rare and never-before-seen works from Dinnerstein’s estate, gifted to the League upon his passing, alongside additional materials now housed in the League’s collection and archive, including original photographs, letters, diaries, and related ephemera. It is organized by the League’s Gallery Director and Curator Ksenia Nouril, PhD with Esther V. Moerdler, Curatorial Assistant. Opening on June 6th.

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MMPCIA Sets Date for Annual Stoop Sale in the Mt Morris Park Historic District of Harlem

 

 

 

Get ready for a day of community connection and sustainability as the Mount Morris Park Community Improvement Association (MMPCIA) brings back its beloved Stoop Sale event on Sunday, May 19, from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. This will be the third and largest, with more than 50 stoops participating. All of this is set within the beautiful catchment area known as the Mt. Morris Park Historic District from 116th to 124th Street, between Madison Ave. and Adam Clayton Powell Jr. Blvd., will offer a treasure trove of unique finds available for sale for visitors.

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‘Suchitra Mattei: We Are Nomads, We Are Dreamers’ at Socrates Sculpture Park

 

 

 

Suchitra Mattei with artwork for the exhibition ‘We are nomads, we are dreamers’. Image by Anna Maria Zunino Noellert. Courtesy of Socrates Sculpture Park

Socrates Sculpture Park, established in 1986 in Queens as a collaborative effort between artists and community members, is thrilled to announce the artists participating in its 2024 season. This year the platform for artists at Socrates has been reimagined by Kaitlin Garcia-Maestas, Director of Exhibitions and Curator, to challenge traditional notions of public art. Themes of migration, mapping, ecology, identity, and materiality—including textiles and plants—are all present in the work on view along the East River waterfront Park this year.

The 2024 summer exhibition is an immersive installation by internationally acclaimed, Indo-Guayanese and LA-based artist Suchitra Mattai. Drawing upon themes of identity, migration, and memory, the exhibition Suchitra Mattai: We are nomads, we are dreamers invites viewers to explore the intersections of cultural and personal histories through sculptured textiles, most notably heirloom, vintage saris. Her thought-provoking installations will transform the landscape of Socrates Sculpture Park, offering visitors a profound and immersive artistic experience coupled with dance performances. The exhibition is on view Saturday, May 11 – Sunday, August 25, 2024.

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Pa.Ja.Ma ~ The Summer Photographic Exhibition at Keith de Lellis Gallery During Pride Month

 

 

 

PaJaMa, Margaret French, Fire Island, NY. Photo courtesy Keith de Lellis Gallery.

With a plethora of outdoor art installations unveiling and a giant hot dog sitting in Time Square, we are reminded that we are stepping into Summer! Adding to the season, Keith de Lellis Gallery will open its doors to the exhibition, PaJaMa, the photographic artist collective formed in 1937 by American artists Paul Cadmus, Jared French and Margaret French ~ with a focus on their time in Saltaire, New York, Fire Island, Provincetown, Massachusetts and Nantucket ~ and the Queer Art World. The exhibition will open on May 30th.

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NYC AIDS Memorial Announces June 2024 Public Programs During Pride Month

 

 

 

NYC AIDS Memorial. Image. Photo credit: NYC AIDS Memorial on Instagram

The New York City AIDS Memorial announces upcoming public programs in June 2024, during Pride Month.

As a community site of remembrance, particularly for those impacted by the ongoing AIDS epidemic, the Memorial honors and acknowledges a complex history by serving as a platform for dialogue, advocacy, and programs that examine the multidimensional themes surrounding HIV/AIDS, including joy, mourning, and remembrance.

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The All-American ‘Hot Dog in the City’ Arrives in Times Square

 

 

 

Hot Dog in the City courtesy Times Square Arts

We couldn’t resist doing a post on the 65 foot-long ‘Hot Dog in the City’ by artists Jen Catron and Paul Outlaw, arriving in Times Square in April. In addition to the ‘World’s Largest Hot Dog’ sculpture, New Yorkers will be treated to some serious talks, playful performances, and even a political debate surrounding the top-ic.

In addition, viewers will be asked to cast a ballot for the Best People’s Condiment.

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Mary Heilmann. Daydream Nation on View at Hauser & Wirth New York

 

 

 

Mary Heilmann, Palm Tree c. 1996, Oil on gessoed paper; 105.4 x 74.3 x 105.4 cm/41 1/2 x 29 1/4 in. Photo: Thomas Muller. © Mary Heilmann courtesy the artist, Hauser & Wirth and 303 Gallery, New York

Hauser & Wirth opened its doors to Daydream Nation’ at its 22nd Street gallery, exploring Mary Heilmann’s ongoing interest in drawing as a form of transcribing memory. Curated by artist Gary Simmons, Heilmann’s friend and former student and colleague at New York’s School of Visual Arts, the exhibition celebrates her talent for distilling complex images and ideas into deceptively simple geometric forms and abstract gestural marks. Through rarely and never-before-seen works on paper from the 1970s to early 2000s, this presentation reveals how drawing functions as a form of daydreaming—of conjuring the sights, sounds and events of her past travels or her imagined future—in Heilmann’s creative process. 

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‘Wayne Thiebaud: Summer Days’ at Acquavella Galleries

 

 

 

Wayne Thiebaud in the exhibition Summer Days at Acquavella Galleries, 2024

Acquavella Galleries opened its doors to Wayne Thiebaud: Summer Days, which will be on view from April 26th through June 14th in New York. The exhibition, organized in collaboration with the Wayne Thiebaud Foundation, presents works from multiple decades of the artist’s career and tracks his sustained interest in recurring subject matter, here offering a nostalgic look at American life passing through the heat of summer. In Summer Days the artist’s many paintings play with both present and past, tasking the viewer to relax amongst scenes of warmth, indulgence, and distant serenity. Rendered in candy-colored impasto, the exhibition includes examples of Thiebaud’s paintings of sweets, hot dogs, bathing suits, and whirling beach scenes, among other subjects.

Here are a few photo’s from an exhibition where the ice cream in these gorgeous paintings almost looks like they’re melting.

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Jane Sklar + Max Cartagena, a Photographic Exhibition at Salmagundi Club in June

 

 

 

Max Cartagena, Blue Bikes, 2021; Digital photography manipulation 11.5 x 15.75 inches. Image courtesy of the artist

Award-winning photographic artists Jane Sklar and Max Cartagena present their unique works in their 3rd duo show at the Salmagundi Club. The exhibition will take place from June 2-8 in the Thomas Moran gallery on the 2nd floor.

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‘The Met-NYCHA Art & Culture Scholars Program’ to Bring 25 Public Housing Scholars to The MET for Leadership Development Program

 

 

 

The Metropolitan Museum of Art, Public Housing Community Fund, the New York City Housing Authority (NYCHA), and Trinity Church Wall Street announced today the establishment of The Met-NYCHA Art and Culture Scholars Program, a new initiative that brings 25 public housing scholars to The Met for a leadership development program. The newly launched collaboration invites high school aged residents of NYCHA communities to The Met to explore career pathways in art, culture, and museums. As with all intern opportunities at the Museum, participants receive a stipend.

The program is a partnership supported by NYCHA, The Met, and the Public Housing Community Fund. The free program is made possible by Trinity Church Wall Street Philanthropies.

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Art Installations, Events & Exhibits in NYC ~ it’s the May 2024 GothamToGo Roundup

 

 

 

Installation view, Amalia Mesa-Bains, Cihuateotl with Mirror inn Private Landscapes and Public Territories, 1998-2011. Mixed media installation including mirror, woven rug created by Mallory Zondag, and moss-covered Styrofoam figure; 138 x 144 x 49 inches. Courtesy of the artist, Rena Bransten Gallery, San Francisco, and Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive. Photograph by Daria Lugina. In the new exhibition at El Museo del Barrio, Amalia Mesa-Bains: Archaeology of Memory, opening May 2nd.
Festivals, exhibitions, shows, walks, and a Portal to Ireland will be in full bloom during May, with the month ending on the high note of an exhibition of the work of Vivian Maier at Fotografiska, and the opening of The Roof Garden at The Met with its commissioned installation by Petrit Halilaj, ‘Abetare‘. Here are a few suggestions for the month of May.

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Huma Bhabha: Before the End Arrives in Brooklyn Bridge Park

 

 

 

Huma Bhabha: Before The End. Installation Image Credits, Huma Bhabha: Before The End, courtesy of the artist; David Zwirner; Kiran Nadar Museum of Art, New Delhi. Photo: Nicholas Knight, courtesy of Public Art Fund, NY. Presented by Public Art Fund at Brooklynn Bridge Park, New York City, April 30, 2024-March 9, 2025.

Opening April 30, Public Art Fund will debut Huma Bhabha: Before The End, an exhibition featuring a series of four new large-scale bronze sculptures set against the verdant backdrop of Brooklyn Bridge Park. Drawing inspiration from a diverse array of influences, Bhabha’s works blend aesthetic, cultural, and psychological elements, probing the intersections of art, science fiction, horror, and mythology.

Opening Night Celebration will be held on Monday, April 29th from 6-8pm.Free and Open to the Public ~ Pier 3 Greenway Terrace, Brooklyn Bridge Park, Brooklyn. Join Public Art Fund for a drop-in event with opening remarks, vegan donuts from Cloudy Donut Co., mocktails by Canard Inc., and a chance to explore the exhibition for the first time.

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The 2024 Met Roof Garden Commission: Petrit Halilaj: Abetare on View

 

 

 

The Met’s highly anticipated 2024 Roof Garden Commission, by Kosovar artist Petrit Halilaj (born 1986, Kostërc, former Yugoslavia), is now on view through October 27, 2024. For his first major outdoor installation, Halilaj has transformed the Museum’s Iris and B. Gerald Cantor Roof Garden with a sprawling work that explores the intersection of reality and fantasy through the rich world of children’s drawings. The installation’s metal sculptures are inspired by children’s doodles, drawings, and scribblings found on desks at the school he attended in Runik, Kosovo, as well as schools in Albania and countries from the former Yugoslavia, which are now undergoing significant cultural and sociopolitical change. The Roof Garden Commission: Petrit Halilaj, Abetare is the 11th in the series of site-specific commissions for the outdoor space.

The exhibition is supported by Bloomberg Philanthropies.

Additional support is provided by the Diane W. and James E. Burke Fund, Cynthia Hazen Polsky and Leon B. Polsky, and the Edward John & Patricia Rosenwald Foundation.

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‘Therein the Beauty’, a Group Exhibition to Open at Marinaro

 

 

 

Jessica Dickinson, Beneath- Then, 2018-2021, Pastel and dirt on paper with holes and cuts, 50 x 42.25 inches (127 x 107.3 cm)

Marinaro is pleased to present Therein the Beauty, a group exhibition featuring the work of artists Jennifer Calivas, Matthew Chambers, Chang Sujung, Cynthia Daignault, Jessica Dickinson, Matt Grubb, Ilana Harris-Babou, Bridget Mullen, and Michael Stamm. Therein, the Beauty presents connection and loss as intertwined states, rather than feelings that are in opposition to the other. The artists in this exhibition explore this relationship from several different pathways.

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NYC DOT Announced The Pollinator Port Project & Habitats for Bees in DOT Public Plazas

 

 

 

New York City Department of Transportation (NYC DOT) Commissioner Ydanis Rodriguez, The Horticultural Society of New York (The Hort), and Rutgers University today, during Earth Week, announced the Pollinator Port Project to create habitats for at-risk native bee populations in select NYC DOT public plazas and Open Streets. As part of the project, ‘bee hotels’ and ‘bee bunkers’ will be installed, and vegetation will be planted to provide nourishment for bees and other pollinators. According to the United Nations’ Environment Programme, bees are essential for the planet and are a crucial part of the biodiversity needed to sustain life. Bees have fewer habitats in urban areas and often have long distances between green spaces in cities. The installations announced today will provide connections between other green spaces across the city and will attract tickle bees, a small, native bee species that rarely sting.

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